What to Expect in your Social Security Disability Hearing
In the event that your application is denied, and then again denied a second time after you have appealed the first decision, you can file for a hearing before an administrative judge. This must be done within 60 days of receiving the decision to deny your application a second time.
Before The Hearing
Before the hearing it is strongly advised that you hire a disability attorney. By hiring an attorney you are giving yourself the best chance possible for being given an approved decision on your application. You attorney will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your hearing.
You will need to submit any evidence that you wish to be including in your hearing to the administrative judge who will be presiding over your hearing, as soon as possible before the actual hearing date. You will also need to organise any witnesses that you wish to have there and inform them of what they will be required to do. Your attorney will be able to assist you in making both of these tasks run as smoothly as possible.
During The Hearing
First of all it is absolutely imperative that you arrive on time to your hearing. Arriving late or not showing up at all will result in yet another denial of your application. Approximately twnety days prior to the hearing, you will receive documentation that will inform you of the date, time, and location of your hearing. In most cases your hearing will be within seventy-five miles of the applicants home address.
During your disability hearing you will be asked many questions by the presiding judge in an effort to judge whether really do qualify for Social Security Disability Benefit. Though you may have chosen your own witnesses to testify on your behalf, it is completely up to the judge whether these witnesses are heard or taken into consideration for your case. The judge may also call their own witnesses, such as doctors and other medical professionals who may shed some light on your case.
You may be asked to give your own testimony if you are fit to do so, and your attorney will be able to advise you on how best to handle this, and how best to present yourself. They will also have an idea of the kinds of questions that the judge will ask you.
After The Hearing
The Social Security Disability hearing process more often than not takes over a year to complete. In 2009 the average time until completion was 491 days.
Fortunately however, you are far more likely to succeed in this stage of the application process than you were the previous two times. Statistically, around 60% of appeals made during the hearing process end with an approved application.
If however your application is denied for a third time, you can then appeal your claim further. The next step in the process is to take your claim before the Social Security Disability Appeals court, where a further evaluation and decision will be made.
If you need help with your Social Security Disability claim, contact the Professional Social Security Disability Lawyers at Bill Hotz and Associates today! Call 865-637-9000 or contact us online